Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Annu­al Report 2020 – 21

Our annual report demon­strates the scope of activ­ities under­tak­en by the CEIH in sup­port of the government's strate­gic priori­ties and key poli­cy ini­tia­tives, while meet­ing our finan­cial report­ing requirements.

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Hon Stephen Wade MLC

Minister for Health and Wellbeing

This annual report will be presented to Parliament to meet the statutory reporting requirements of the Public Sector Act 2009, Public Sector Regulations 2010, Public Finance and Audit Act 1987 and the requirements of Premier and Cabinet Circular PC013 Annual Reporting.

This report is verified to be accurate for the purposes of annual reporting to the Parliament of South Australia.

Submitted on behalf of the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health by:

Professor Derek Chew
Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Signed: 29 September 2021

From the Commissioner

Proclaimed as an attached office to the Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW) under the Public Sector Act 2009 on 6 January 2020, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health (CEIH) is now 18 months into its establishment. The CEIH continues to deliver on its mission to provide leadership, advice and support for the further development of excellence and innovation across healthcare in South Australia, by seeking novel perspectives and solutions to health system challenges, while partnering with key stakeholders to deliver innovative approaches to delivering better healthcare.

As the second Commissioner, I was appointed in March 2021 following the retirement of Professor Paddy Phillips. Professor Phillips had a distinguished career as a clinician academic, the State’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Public Health Officer before taking on the role of the inaugural Commissioner. We thank Professor Phillips for his leadership in establishing the CEIH.

The CEIH has also been well served by the Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC) chaired by Lieutenant Governor Brenda Wilson. Lt Governor Wilson stepped back from this role in May 2021, and we are pleased to welcome Mr Stephen Yarwood, urban futurist and former Lord Mayer of Adelaide, as the new chair of the CAC. Together with Mr Yarwood, we will continue to enhance the engagement of community and clinical leaders around the core topics that face modern health care.

This year has seen the development of the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023. Within this plan we have defined our objectives and what we want to achieve:

  • Excellent health outcomes
  • Excellent experiences for everyone
  • Consumers, carers and clinicians engaged in design, delivery and evaluation of health services
  • Increased confidence and pride in the South Australian health system
  • A culture in the health system of innovation and striving for excellence
  • South Australia recognised as having an excellent health system and a leader in healthcare innovation

Building on this plan, we are now gaining momentum through the work of the Clinical Networks and specifically the efforts of their Clinical Leads who bring together their clinical and consumer communities to initiate key projects that enhance access and quality of care in diverse areas. Key projects in areas such as chronic pain management, genetic testing, optimising patients prior to surgery, emerging technologies in structural heart disease and a statewide cancer control plan, among others.

Professor Derek Chew
Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

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